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Production files

The series consists of research files, time lines, successive drafts of scripts with revisions, casting lists, publicity films and other material relating to films produced and/or directed by John Smith including "The Boys of St. Vincent", "Dieppe", "Dangerous Minds", "A Cool Dry Place", "Random Passage" and "Prairie Giant : The Tommy Douglas Story" among others as well as numerous minor productions such as the award winning films as "Bargain Basement" (1976), "Revolution's Orphans" (1979) and "First Winter" (1980).

Scripts

Series consists of scripts written by others and sent to John Smith in the course of his film making career presumably for his consideration as a director or producer.

National Film Board files

The series consists of advertisements, production files, press releases, newsletters, Committee 200 files, reports and staff related files created and or accumulated by John Smith and relating to his work with the National Film Board of Canada.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation files

Series consists of telecast schedules, correspondence for the Children's Television Department (1982-1987), contractual agreements, files pertaining to the CBC's court case with the Supreme Court of Canada related to "The Boys of St. Vincent" and other material created and or accumulated by John Smith during the course of his work with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Business files

Series consists of correspondence received by John Smith during the course of his career as a director and producer and business records of Smith's company, Dunany Productions Inc., including copies of year end files.

Personal files

The series consists of correspondence, certificates, articles, contracts and other financial documents, clippings, newsletters, diaries, note books and photographs created and/or accumulated by John Smith and relating to his personal life and interests.

Correspondence and subject files

The series consists of personal and professional correspondence including manuscript and typescript copies of letters received by Powe, copies of letters written by Powe, as well as printed copies of incoming and outgoing e-mail. It includes correspondence with friends, students, publishers, fellow writers and academics, among them R. Murray Shafer, Don DeLillo, Gary Geddes, Susan Swan, John Ralston Saul, Joe Keogh, John Robert Colombo, Eric McLuhan and Pierre Trudeau. Series also consists of subject files containing clippings, publicity material, audio recordings, video cassettes, photographs, brochures, notes and other material pertaining to speaking engagements, conferences such as the "Trudeau Era Conference" and "Rethinking McLuhan", and York University's Living Literacies Initiative, Foundation and Endeavour (LLIFE).

Personal files

The series consists of material which documents Powe's personal life and his relationship with his family. It includes correspondence, photographs, legal and medical records and other collected ephemera.

Literary manuscripts and other writings files

The series consists of research material, notes, drafts and manuscripts of Powe's published and unpublished works including his books "A Climate Changed" (1984), "Noise of Time" (1989), "A Tremendous Canada of Light" (1993), "Outage: A Journey Into Electric City" (1995), "The Solitary Outlaw: Trudeau, Lewis, Gould, Canetti, McLuhan", "Mystic Trudeau" (1997), "Towards a Canada of Light" (2006), "These Shadows Remain" (2011), his 2009 PhD thesis, "Apocalypse and alchemy: visions of Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye", the reworked and published version of his PhD thesis, "Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy" (2014), "Where Seas and Fables Meet" (2015), and "Decoding Dust" (2016). It also includes drafts and/or printed copies of numerous reviews, essays and articles written by or about him, and drafts pertaining to the "Opening Time: On the Energy Threshold" collaborative project. Series also includes correspondence with publishers and fellow writers such as Irving Layton, Hugh Kenner and J.G. Ballard in reference to his work, publicity material for several of his books, and copies of journals and magazines in which Powe's work appeared.

Academic and teaching files

The series consists of course/lecture notes, research materials, correspondence, course syllabi, teaching proposals, course evaluations, official York University publications and other material related to Powe's instruction of courses at York University and Humber College, his position as Academic Advisor at Winter's College, the completion of his PhD, his applications for tenure and promotion, and his work as coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at York University. Also documented in this series are Powe's activities while a visiting scholar at IN3, University of Catalunya, Barcelona.

Printed material

The series consists of copies of published works inscribed by their respective authors.

Journals, calendars, notebooks

The series consists of notebooks and journals kept by Powe in which he documented his thoughts and reflected on both his personal life and on works in progress. Also included are calendars on which Powe recorded appointments and other scheduled events.

York administrative records

Series consists of records pertaining to Gentles’ administrative duties at York University, particularly his work on the convocation committee, the faculty council, and the senior common room committee. Includes minutes, correspondence, financial statements, notes, and other material.

Teaching records

Series consists of records pertaining to Gentles’ teaching duties as a professor of history at York University. Includes course syllabi, lecture notes, exam and essay questions, roll books, correspondence with students, reference letters, and other material.

History research files and correspondence

Series consists of records pertaining to Gentles’ research and publishing in the field of English history. Includes files pertaining to: the publishing of various articles and book reviews, as well as his monograph, The New Model Army in England, Ireland and Scotland, 1645-1653 (Blackwell, 1992); the Toronto Research Group in Early Modern British History; and various research trips dating from the late 1970s to the 1990s. Series also includes records related to the publishing of a Festschrift in honour of British historian Austin Woolrych, with whom Gentles had a longstanding relationship. The volume, Soldiers, Writers and Statesmen in the English Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 1998), was co-edited by Gentles. Series also includes several files of correspondence related to Gentles’ history research activities, as well as one file of personal correspondence.

Pro-life literature, bioethics research and deVeber Institute files

Series consists of pro-life literature and other records pertaining to Gentles’ research on bioethical issues, primarily abortion and assisted suicide. Also includes administrative and research records related to the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research (formerly the Human Life Research Institute), a pro-life think-tank of which Gentles is Vice-President and Research Director. Contains notes, correspondence, drafts, articles, clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, financial statements, and other material.

Personal files

Series consists of correspondence, clippings, journals, notebooks, photographs, publications, ephemera, day planners, address books and other material documenting Swan's personal life and interests, in particular her early years as a student at Havergal College, as well as files pertaining to Swan's family. Some notebooks contain notes on Swan’s writing projects as well as personal diary entries.

Correspondence files

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence and e-mail, sent and received by Swan.

Academic and teaching files

Series pertains to Swan's work as an instructor at York University and her tenure process, her position as the Millennial Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies for 1999-2000, her work for the Writers' Union of Canada, and her public lectures. Records in this series include course materials, teaching proposals, official York University publications, and lecture notes.

Manuscripts and related files

Series consists of drafts and proofs of articles, poems, plays, short stories, essays and novels written by Swan, including "Unfit for Paradise", "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World", "The Last of the Golden Girls", "The Wives of Bath", "Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With", "What Casanova Told Me", "The Western Light" (previously titled "Black Ships" and "The Hockey Killer"), and "The Dead Celebrities Club". Series also includes research material and notes pertaining to Swan's writing projects, correspondence with publishers and collaborators, lecture notes pertaining to Swan's book tours, promotional material for several of her books, as well as screenplays for the proposed and/or produced films of "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World" and "The Wives of Bath".

Clean

Series consists of two scripts and one oversize European poster of the 2004 feature film “Clean” written and directed by Olivier Assayas
The film follows the efforts of Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) to rebuild her fractured life after the death by overdose of her washed-up rock star lover Lee Hauser (James Johnston), and her imprisonment on charges of drug possession. She returns to Vancouver where her son Jay lives with Lee’s parents Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary (Martha Henry).

Dido and Aeneas

Series consists of six stage designs for the 1995 critically acclaimed and provocative dance production by Mark Morris of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera Dido and Aeneas. Dido, the noble Queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil Sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall.
Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy. Dido & Aeneas stars Mark Morris himself as Dido and the Sorceress, while supporting roles are performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group. Tafelmusik, (the award winning Toronto based Baroque orchestra) provides the accompaniment to a superb cast of vocal soloists including the great mezzo Jennifer Lane. The production was well received in the international film festival junket and received several awards.

Glenn Gould Hereafter / Glenn Gould : Au delà du temps

A retrospective of the life and work of Glenn Gould, the film draws heavily on archival material from various sources, some previously unreleased. Made as if narrated by Gould himself. Directed by Bruno Monsaingeon and 106 minutes long, the documentary was co-produced by Rhombus and Idéale Audience.

Opus

Series consists of 19 reels of 16mm film, including sets of A/B rolls, optical negative soundtracks and interpositive films for the first production of Rhombus. Directed by Barbara Willis-Sweete, Opus traces the development and performance of a piece of environmental music by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The film received a certificate of merit from the Chicago International Film Festival.

Silk

Series consists of scripts and one digital betacam tape relating to François Girard’s adaptation “Silk”. Based on the novel by Alessandro’s Baricco’s novel, Silk follows to struggles of Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt) a nineteenth century French silkworm smuggler, who is caught between his wife Helene (Keira Knightely) and the Japanese concubine (Sei Ashina) he encounters while traveling in Japan. Also stars Koji Yakusho. Co-produced by Rhombus, Fandango, and Bee Vine Pictures.

Snow Cake

Series consists of scripts, posters and audiovisual material of Toronto casting interviews, a promotional kit and a Turkish dub of the film “Snowcake”. Directed by Marc Evans, “Snow Cake” is a story of love and the unorthodox friendship that develops between an autistic woman Linda (Sigourney Weaver) and Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman) who is responsible for the death of her daughter. Also stars Carrie Ann Moss. Co-Produced by Rhombus and Revolution Films.

Tectonic Plates

Series consists of four posters for the 1992 film “Tectonic Plates”. The 104 minute staged performance uses continental drift as a metaphor for the evolution of human culture. Staged in actual location in Venice and a sparse stage and pool, Tectonic Plates was critically acclaimed for its dreamlike imager, theatrical staging and philosophical intent. The production received the Christopher Columbus Award for most original and creative submission, and the most innovative award at the Figueira da Foz International Film Festival in Portugal.

Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Series consists of 5 posters for the critically-acclaimed 1993 experimental film “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”. Running 98 minutes, the film directed by Francois Girard and co-written by Girard and Don McKellar was well- received in Canada and abroad.

Toothpaste : A Domestic Opera

Series consists of a libretto script by Dan Redican for the Larry Weinstein- directed 6 minute short film, “Toothpaste”, a ‘domestic opera’ about the marital difficulties between a couple centered on crusty toothpaste. Starring Mark McKinney and soprano Barbara Hannigan, the music was composed by Alexina Louie, and the production was produced by Rhombus in association with maplemedia.

Yo-Yo Ma : Inspired by Bach

Series consists of 2 film reels, photographic material and supporting correspondence and documentation for the series of six short films conceived by cellist YoYo Ma. The episodes, directed by Atom Egoyan Niv Fichman François Girard, Kevin McMahon, Patricia Rozema and Barbara Willis Sweete, feature Yo-Yo Ma performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied cello in collaboration with artists (including Julie Moir Messervy, Piranesi, Mark Morris, Tamasaburo Bando, and professional ice skaters Torvill and Dean) and through the filter of gardening, architecture, dance, kabuki and ice skating. The project was critically acclaimed, receiving the Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Television Competition, and a special festival award from the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The projects were broadcast on Canadian television as a miniseries in 1997.

An Idea of Canada

Series consists of original film and audio footage, including masters and news clippings of the 90 minute documentary directed by Kevin McMahon “An Idea of Canada”. The documentary follows Governor General Adrienne Clarkson across the country during her summer 2002 tour. Officially a trip to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of her position, what Clarkson discovers during her visit to a string of tiny aboriginal outposts in the north is a post-modern Canada struggling to integrate cultural tradition with the wired world. A coproduction between Rhombus Media and the National Film Board.

Andrea Bocelli : Under Tuscan Skies

Series consists of script notes, song and musical scores, production notes as well as original film and sound elements for the Larry Weinstein directed 60 minute special “Andrea Bocelli – Tuscan Skies”, featuring old and new songs based on the Italian tenor’s own memories of his home province on Tuscany. Released in 2001.

Aselin Debison: Sweet Is The Melody

Series consists of a production binder, original film footage, promotional documents and production masters of 52 minute televised concert performance by Aselin Debison, a young singer from Cape Breton. The project was also known in the early stages as “Glace Bay Girl”. With a Nova Scotian harbour as background, the concert, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, was broadcast in 2002, and co-produced by Rhombus and Topsail Entertainment Productions.

Beethoven’s Hair

Series consists of scripts, interview transcripts, research material and correspondence, as well as original film elements of the 2005 documentary “Beethoven’s Hair”. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the 84 minute film traces the journey of a lock of hair cut from Beethoven’s corpse and efforts of two enthusiasts Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara to reveal medical evidence to explain the composer’s tortured life and death. Set to score of some of Beethoven’s best compositions, the film explores forensic testing, 19th Century Vienna and 20th century Nazi Germany. Based on Russel Martin’s best selling book, “Beethoven’s Hair” was co-produced by Rhombus and Dor Films and includes archival footage of Nazi-era Germany and Denmark.

Burnt Toast

Series consists of scripts, casting notes, production materials, film and audio elements, posters and production stills of the 2005 comedic production “Burnt Toast”, directed by Larry Weinstein. The 52 minute production features eight operatic vignettes depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship set in contemporary settings. Developing out of an earlier short film “Toothpaste”, “Burnt Toast” is co-produced by Rhombus and marblemedia, featuring original music and libretti and performances by Mark McKenney, Sean Cullen, Peter Wellington, Dan Redican, Jessica Holmes, Scott Thompson, Leah Pinsent, Colm Feore, Paul Gross, Colin Mochrie, Cathy Jones, and Debra McGrath.

Childstar

Series consists of production notes, post-production ADR reports, production stills, posters, a ‘making-of’ featurette and original film elements of the 2004 feature film “Childstar”. Written and directed by Don McKellar, the film centers on sitcom icon Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall), the world’s most famous child actor who disappears while filming in Canada. Don McKellar stars as Rick, the boy’s driver and Jennifer Jason Leigh as ruthless stage mother.

Crossing Bridges

Series consists of production notes, correspondence, production stills, candid photographs on location and original film elements of the documentary “Crossing Bridges”. When Israeli-born Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra embarked on a concert tour of the Middle East, it was to be a triumphant homecoming for Zukerman, as well as his first-ever performance in an Arab country. Instead the latest out break of Middle East violence resulted in the cancellation of several planned activities including a concert in Jordan and master classes in the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Mozart’s 41st Symphony, commonly known as The Jupiter, provides the musical backbone for this provocative and emotional documentary. The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s spectacular Tel Aviv performance of the piece, serves as a counterpoint to the escalating chaos in the region. Co-produced by Rhombus, the CBC, and Bravo Canada.

Don Giovanni Unmasked (aka Leporello)

Series consists of production notes, promotional material, production stills and original film and audio elements of the 2000 production reinterpretation of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 55 minute production presents the opera from the perspective of Don Giovanni’s servant Leporello, employing a ‘film within a film’ framework to reveal his master’s true identity. Starring the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the production reveals the dark side of the opera with a provocative ending. Co-produced by Rhombus, CBC, Bravo Canada, Channel 4 Television and Thirteen/WNET.

Elizabeth Rex

Series consists of scripts, lighting design notes, production binders, set and costume designs, production stills, props and original film and audio elements for the 2002 adaptation of Timothy Findley’s award-winning play “Elizabeth Rex”. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 90 minute production creates a fictional encounter between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I on a historic night in 1601. Seeking distraction from the imprisonment of her political foe and former lover the Earl of Essex, the queen summons Shakespeare and his troupe of actors to perform a play. Co-produced by Rhombus, the CBC, and Bravo! Canada.

Firebird

Series consists of a production binder, production stills, original film elements (including one fine cut and a behind-the-scenes featurette) of Barbara Willis Sweete directed adaptation of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”. Adapted from James Kudelka’s classical ballet, the 51 minute television special features visual affects complimenting the performances of the top dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, including Rex Harrington, Rebekah Rimsay, Greta Hodkinson, Aleksander Antonuevic, Victoria Bertram, Lorna Geddes and Ryan Boone. Co- produced by Rhombus, the CBC and others.

Five Days in September (aka See The Music)

Series consists of interview transcripts, musician schedules, original film and audio elements for the ‘reality-style’ documentary exposing the inner workings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the institution’s efforts in 2004 to launch a new season under a new Maestro, Peter Oundjiian. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the 72 minute documentary features candid footage of celebrity soloists such as YoYo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Renee Fleming as they rehearse, prepare and interact with fans during the week leading up to the premier performance with the orchestra. Produced by Rhombus Media.

Foreign Objects

Series consists of scripts for all six episodes, production notes, media clippings, production stills and original film and audio elements as well as stock footage relating to “Foreign Objects”, a miniseries broadcast on CBC, based on Ken Finkleman’s popular series “The Newsroom”. Finkelman reprises the role of George, a documentary filmmaker, who is forced to confront issues of evil, greed and the human condition (despite his preference for less complex commercially lucrative projects) in a series of six 30 minute episodes which aired on CBC in 2001. Particular material focuses on civil war in Kosovo, Western culture’s fixation on media and… Includes stock footage from CBC, the National Archives and other sources. Co-produced by Rhombus, Showcase Television and the CBC.

Four Seasons

Series consists of production binders, musical scores, production stills and original film and audio elements (including a colour-corrected master) of the 2000 performance piece “The Four Seasons” directed by Barbara Willis Sweete. The 56 minute ballet, set to Vivaldi’s score and choreographed by James Kudelka, featured performances by the principal dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, including Rex Harrington.

The Lanza Sessions

Series consists of original film elements of “The Lanza Sessions”, a 2000 celebration of the work of popular operatic singer Mario Lanza. Directed by David Mortin, the 55 minute television special features archival footage, interviews with contemporaries and performances by Richard Margison, (as the voice of Lanza), soprano Cassandra Riddle, and Tom Burlinson (portraying Lanza’s friend Frank Sinatra). Co-produced by Rhombus, Lanza Music Ltd. And Chairman Robert Girdwood.

Last Night

Series consists of scripts, production notes, media reviews, production stills and movie posters for the 1998 feature film “Last Night”. Written and directed by Don McKellar, the film follows a cast of characters as they struggle through the petty details and minor complications of the final few hours of existence, trying to arrange the perfect end. Features performances by McKellar himself, David Cronenberg, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Tracey Wright and Sarah Polley. Co-produced by Rhombus, CBC, La Sept Arte and Haut et Court.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Series consists of photographic stills and six large-scale mounted photographs used for the promotion of the 1996 televised production of Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (part of the television series ‘Great Performances’). Directed by David Wellington, the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic unfolds over the course of a day while the Tyrone family confronts their haunting secrets. James Tyrone, the master of the house is played by William Hutt, while Edmund, the consumptive son is played by Tom McCamus. Morphine-addicted mother Mary is played by Martha Henry while Jamie, the elder alcoholic son is played by Peter Donaldson. Martha Burns appears as Cathleen. Coproduced by Rhombus, CBC and Bravo! Television.

Marcelo Alvarez : In Search of Gardel

Series consists of translations, production notes, research materials and original film and audio elements of the Niv Fichman-directed musical documentary special featuring Marcelo Alvarez, an Argentine accountant, whose meteoric rise to the stage after winning a song contest. In “Marcelo Alvarez : In Search of Gardel”, Alvarez returns to Argentina to perform and record the tango music of legendary crooner, Carlos Gardel. Includes some archival footage. Co-produced by Rhombus, Sony Classical, La Sept Arte and NHK. The film won an award at the International Film and Video Award.

Mozartballs

Series consists of scripts, interview scripts, research material and original film and audio elements of a “light-hearted tribute” to Mozart. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the project was also known during production as “Mozart Balls” and “Mozart Lives!”. The documentary interviews eccentric and unique individuals, including a retired Swiss school teacher, an ex-pop musician in Oklahoma who believes her body is inhabited by Mozart’s spirit, an Austrian astronaut who carried a score of “The Magic Flute” and a chocolate Mozartkugein into space
and a computer genius whose software has created a new Mozart cello concerto. Produced by Rhombus Media.

Perfect Pie

Series consists of scripts, production binders, correspondence, production stills and all the major film elements of the feature film, including original footage, release prints (one for the India Film Festival), interpositives, optical sound tracks and trims. Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, the film covers the course of a weekend’s reunion between two estranged ‘best friends’ : a bright and popular beauty who married her high school sweetheart and became a farm wife and a sensitive ugly-duckling who fled her alcoholic mother and recreated herself to become an opera diva. Together they decipher the fragmented memories of a horrifying event that separated them as children and kept them apart. Co-produced by Rhombus and Odeon Films.

Ravel’s Brain

Series consists of research notes, photographs, correspondence, production notes, film and audio elements of the documentary “Ravel’s Brain”. Written and directed by Larry Weinstein, “Ravel’s Brain” is described as a “musical/visual tone poem” exploring the final five years of composer Maurice Ravel (1875- 1937), who due to the degenerative brain conditions of aphasia and apraxia, was
able to produce music but not write it down or perform it. The project was initiated in early 1998 by Weinstein but was not completed until 2000, due to resistance from the Ravel estate.

Featuring the performances of the WDR (Sinfonieorchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks) Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir of Cologne, the film features interviews with Ravel’s colleagues, archival footage of his home in Montfort- l’Amaruy and his birthplace of Basque Ciboure. The bulk of the work was filmed on location in Marrakesh, a source of inspiration to Ravel.

The documentary featured staged dramatic scenes in which Thierry Costa played Maurice Ravel, Richard Cowan as Dr. Clovis Vincent and Jacques Dewitt as
Léon Leyritz. Some elements of the film may be reused from an earlier Rhombus production “Ravel”.

The project received three Gemini awards in 2002, best picture editing in a comedy, variety or performing arts program (for David New) and best sound in the same category (for Lou Solakofski, Peter Cook, Goro Koyama, David McCallum, and Jane Tattersall) and best production design (for Ambre Fernandez). It also received awards for best direction at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival and other international documentary film festivals.

Red Violin

Series consists of scripts, multilingual translations, media coverage reports, photographs and the central prop for “The Red Violin”, arguably, Rhombus’ most ambitious and successful production to date. Written by Don McKellar and directed by Francois Girard, The Red Violin features scenes in French, English, Mandarin, Italian and German, requiring significant translation and subtitling.
Filmed on location in Chicheley Hall and Oxford in England, China, Cremona, Italy, Vienna, Austria and Montreal, the film traces the life and travels of the famous ‘red violin’, from its creation in 17th century Italy by the master Nicolo Bussotti (Carlo Cecchi), through it’s exodus from an 18th century Austrian monastery to 19th century Oxford, Cultural Revolution-era China to a Montreal auction house, where an appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson) and conservator (Don McKellar) try to establish its authenticity and provenance.
The film features actors Jean-Luc Bideau, Jason Flemyng, Sylvia Chang, Julian Richings and Colm Feore. Violin solos used in the musical score were performed by Joshua Bell.

The Red Violin received significant critical acclaim. The film swept the 1999 Genie Awards, picking up trophies for art direction (Francois Séguin), cinematography (Alain Dostie), costume design (Renée April), musical score, sound (Claude La Haye, Jocelyn Caron, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Hans Peter Strobl), best screenplay (Don McKellar and Francois Girard), direction (Froncois Girard) and best motion picture. For the Jutra Awards of 1999, the film also took awards in the areas of art direction, best cinematography, editing (Gaétan Huot), best supporting actor (Colm Feore) score, sound, screenplay, direction, and best film.

It also won the 2000 Oscar for best original musical score (John Corigliano).

Saddest Music in the World

Series consists of scripts, correspondence, production notes, original film and audio elements, promotional material and props from the 2003 film “The Saddest Music in the World”. Directed by Guy Maddin, The Saddest Music in the World was co-written by Guy Maddin and George Toles based on the original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Maddin adapted the screenplay to suit his early twentieth century film aesthetic of grainy black and white photography and slightly out-of-sync sound. The film features a number of film formats and techniques, with black and white 16 and 8mm original film negatives and some colour film imitating early Technicolor.

Described by some critics as a ‘sort-of’ musical, the film is set in Depression-era Winnipeg, with beer baroness, Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini) hosting a competition to determine the saddest music in the world (in hopes of increasing her profits). With the tagline “If you’re sad, and like beer, I’m your lady”, the film centers on the men of the Kent family who confront the secrets of their past while locked in the competition for the prize of $25,000.Younger brother Chester (Mark McKinney), the cynical and failed Broadway producer, is ready to mesmerize his former lover with American bravado, assisted by his nymphomaniac amnesic muse, Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros). Older brother Roderick (Ross McMillan), a cellist returning from post-war Serbia, is inconsolable over the disappearance of his beloved wife. Their despairing but patriotic father Fyodor (David Fox) is tormented with guilt over the accidental amputation of the legs of his one true love, Lady Port-Huntly.

Co-produced by Rhombus and Buffalo Gal Pictures, the film won the Directors Guild of Canada’s outstanding achievement in production design (Mathew Davies) and the Genies for costume design (Meg McMillan), editing (David Wharnsby) and original musical score (Christopher Dedrick) in 2004. Guy Maddin also received the Film Discovery Jury Award for best director from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival the same year. Maddin and and Toles received the Chlotrudis Award for best adapted screenplay in 2005.

Slings and Arrows

Series consists of scripts, production documentation, props, set designs, promotional material and original film and audio elements (including episode masters, original film and dialogue overdubs) of the Rhombus-produced television series “Slings & Arrows”. Early drafts of scripts by Susan Coyen, Bob Martin and Mark Mckinney refer to the project as “St. Ratford” and “Shakespeareville”. Other writing credits are attributed to Tecca Crosby and Sean Reycraft for Season 3 of the production.
Directed by Peter Wellington, the plot revolved around “legendary theatrical madman” Geoffrey Tennant (Paul Gross) who returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival (a thinly veiled Stratford Festival) to assume the Artistic Directorship after the sudden death of his mentor Oliver Welles (Stephen Ouimette). Geoffrey is haunted by Oliver throughout all three seasons of Slings & Arrows in which he stages and directs Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear. Also starring Martha Burns as Geoffrey’s former flame/problematic lead actress Ellen Fanshaw and Mark McKinney as the festival’s scheming General Manager Richard Smith-Jones. Also stars Geraint Wyn Davies, William Hutt, Colm Feore, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Luke Kirby, Sean Cullen and Don McKellar.
Each season featured a musical number sung written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison by actors Michael Polley and Graham Harley.
Slings & Arrows was broadcast in Canada on Movie Central and The Movie Network channels in 2003, 2005 and 2006. It was later broadcast on the Sundance Channel in the United States.
The production received Gemini Awards for the best dramatic series and best writing in a dramatic series in 2006 and 2007, best direction in a dramatic series for Peter Wellington in 2006, and acting awards for Paul Gross (2004 and 2007), Martha Burns (2006), Susan Coyne (2006), Rachel McAdams (2004), Mark McKinney (2006) and Stephen Ouimette (2007). The series also received awards from the Writers Guild of Canada Awarded for best drama series in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and awards from the Directors Guild of Canada for picture editing (2006 and 2007), sound editing (2004) and outstanding television series drama (2006).

Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen

Series consists of production notes, narration scripts, correspondence, production stills and original film and audio elements for the 2002 performance special “Stormy Weather : The Music of Harold Arlen”. Directed by Larry Weinstein, the 78 minute long celebration of the American popular composer
Harold Arlen (1905-1986) features highly stylized performances of songs such as “Stormy Weather”; “Over the Rainbow”‚ “Paper Moon”‚ and “Get Happy” by the likes of Debbie Harry, Sandra Bernhard, David Johansen, Hawksley Workman and Rufus Wainwright. Interwoven throughout the program is a dramatic treatment of Arlen’s life (Paul Soles playing the role), filled with public success and great personal sadness. Co-produced by Rhombus, BBC, SBS-TV Australia, and others. Material includes numerous contact sheets of each performance set, with artist approvals, as well as original 24 track masters of each performance.

Correspondence files

The series consists of personal and professional correspondence including manuscript and typescript copies of letters as well as e-mail received by Coles. It also includes many copies of letters or e-mails written by Coles himself. The series includes family correspondence as well as correspondence with writers such as Christopher Wiseman, Liliane Welch, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Al Purdy, P.K. Page, Steven Heighton, Ralph Gustafson, Adele Wiseman, John Metcalf, David O'Meara, Robyn Sarah, Jan Ruzesky, Betty Jane Wylie, Robert Fulford, Carol Shields, Philip Grover and Tomas Transtromer among others.

Writing files

The series consists of notes, drafts and proofs of collected and uncollected poems written by Coles including manuscript drafts of his collections "K in love," "The prinzhorn collection," "Forest of the medieval world," "Kurgan," and "How we all swiftly," among others. It contains research material, notes and drafts of his novel "Doctor Bloom's story," his autobiographical work "A dropped glove in Regent Street," a poetry collection "Where we might have been," correspondence with publishers, interviews with Coles, reviews of his work, publicity material related to his writing, and book reviews written for "The Globe and mail." It also includes the manuscript for Tomas Transtomer's "For the living and the dead," which Coles translated from Swedish as well as correspondence between Coles and Tomas and Monica Transtromer regarding this work.

Academic and teaching files

Series consists of material that documents Coles' academic career at the University of Toronto and Cambridge University, as well as his years spent as a professor in the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. It includes copies of essays, as well as manuscript and typescript notes taken by Coles while he was a student. Included are notes taken by Coles while completing course work with Northrop Frye, advice from Frye regarding an academic career in 1964, his rough first draft of his M.A. thesis, and columns and reports for the University of Toronto Daily Press. It also contains course files related to Coles' work as professor. These files consist of course outlines, reading lists, lecture notes, clippings related to course material, correspondence related to his teaching and other material that documents the ongoing development and delivery of the courses Man in Search, Concepts of Love, Early Times : Literature and the Imagination of the Child, Myth and the Arts and Works & Days. Records also include annotated working copies of monographs used in his courses and certificates received pertaining to his academics and teaching.

Editorial files

Series consists of material that documents Coles work as a literary editor and critic and includes contracts, correspondence, course timetables, critiques of students' work and other material that documents his tenure as poetry editor of "The May Studio" at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts. It also includes drafts of works by other writers sent to Coles for his comments and criticism including manuscripts of work by Michael Redhill, Stephanie Bolster, Richard Sanger, Mark Sinnett and John Bemrose, among others, as well as material that demonstrates Coles' work as poetry judge of the Canadian Literary Awards and the CBC Literary Awards. This material consists of submissions bearing notes and comments by Coles.

Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence received by Scheier and copies of her outgoing correspondence pertaining to personal and professional topics. Much of the correspondence is exchanged between Scheier and her family members.

Manuscripts and other writing

Series pertains to Scheier's poetry and prose writing and includes manuscripts for her books "Second Nature", "Sky", "Saints and Runners", "Language in Her Eye" (editor), "Kaddish for my Father : New and Selected Poems 1970-1999", draft poems, articles, notes and writing fragments, writing-related correspondence, and writing from workshops. Some manuscripts sent to Scheier by other writers are also part of this series.

Personal files and memorabilia

Series consists of a variety of records pertaining to Scheier's childhood, her family, her education, her personal life, and her career. These records include newspaper clippings, correspondence and forms, resumes, photographs, diaries and notebooks, books written by family members, high school and university lecture notes and essays, and objects including baby shoes, Scheier's smoking pipe, and a collection of political pins.

Writers' Union of Canada files

Series consists of records accumulated and created by Scheier in her capacity as a Writers' Union of Canada Ontario representative and National Council member (1986-88) and as chair of its Rights and Freedoms Committee (1988-89). Included in the series are publications, meeting minutes, member lists and newsletters.

Activism files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Scheier while involved with various socialist, social justice and feminist groups in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including the Sparacist League, Students for a Democratic Society, the Trotskyist League of Canada, Women and Words, and the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League (CARAL). Records in this series include draft speeches, articles and notes written by Scheier, correspondence, publications, research files, meeting agendas and minutes.

Teaching files

Series pertains to Scheier's work as an instructor of creative writing and English literature at York University. These records include course syllabi, handouts and outlines, Scheier's lecture notes, academic calendars, inter-departmental memoranda and correspondence, and contracts.

Teaching files

Series consists of files pertaining to courses taught by Forer at York University’s Department of Biology. These files include course materials such as syllabi, outlines, reading lists, handouts, examinations and tests, as well as correspondence and Forer’s lecture notes.

Correspondence

Series consists of Forer’s professional correspondence, which includes correspondence and forms pertaining to grant and fellowship applications, correspondence with other scientists and colleagues, correspondence pertaining to the submission of articles for publication in scholarly journals, and his work-related correspondence managed by the Department of Biology secretary at York University. Included in some files are photographs and drawings of cells from Forer’s experiments.

Audiovisual material

Series consists of five video reels featuring Forer’s lectures on various aspects of cell division, produced by Glen-Warren Productions Limited and aired as five episodes of CTV’s University of the Air television program in 1978.

Open College files

The series consists of personal and administrative files of Open College created and/or accumulated by Margaret Norquay including clippings, student packages, contracts, correspondence, notes, diaries, journals, reports and minutes from various projects and memorabilia documenting her role as its founder and as a professor. Series also includes drafts and scripts for Norquay's course "Ethnic Relations in Canada : Understanding People of Another Culture" and audio recordings, transcripts and notes from interviews conducted by Norquay with various ethnic groups as a part of her course work.

MA Thesis files

The series includes notes, drafts and resource material related to Norquay's M.A. Thesis, "A Study of a Community Recreation Council as an Agent of Social Change" as well as the completed thesis, original correspondence, photographs and clippings created and/or accumulated while Norquay was recreation director of the Dunville Recreational Council. Series also includes minutes of that council. Norquay's thesis was successfully submitted to the University of Toronto in partial fulfillment of her Master's degree but at the direction of her thesis supervisor was not deposited in the University of Toronto library on the grounds that it would be considered libelous.

Take 30 scripts

The series consists of typescript copies of scripts for the CBC program "Take 30" for which Norquay was a writer, researcher and broadcaster.

Project and writing files

Series consists of project and writing files that are not specifically Open College files, or other named projects. These files are primarily related to Norquay's interests in adult education, cross-cultural interaction and communication, communication styles, diversity training and management styles, and include workshop notes and course handouts, correspondence, guides, exercises and quizzes, assessment tools, reference materials, readings, and reports either written by or accumulated by Norquay.

Personal files

Series consists of files related primarily to Norquay and her family. Records include her grandfather's notes for his Saturday Night Debating Society activities, her father's Sunday Bible talks, letters to and from her husband, parents and grandparents, records pertaining to Norquay's military service during and after World War II (Canadian Women's Army Corps), a scrapbook created by Norquay as a child, dance cards, some photographs, Norquay's creative writing notes and drafts of her family memoirs, diplomas, family genealogical clippings, Norquay's husband's Chelan Mission Field notes as a new United Church minister, correspondence with friends and admirers, and miscellaneous memorabilia.

Literary manuscripts

The series consists of notes, drafts, proofs and cover art for his books Tales from Firozsha Baag, Such a Long Journey, A Fine Balance and Family Matters and the screenplay, production files, correspondence and promotional material related to the film adaptation of Such a Long Journey.

Awards, reading tours and promotional material

The series consists of correspondence, invitations, travel schedules, clippings and promotional material related to the publication of Mistry's work and to reading tours associated with it including his selection to the "Oprah Book Club". Series also includes material pertaining to the awards and nominations he received for his books.

Correspondence

The series consists of personal and professional correspondence including copies of letters received by Mistry from Leone Rook, John Metcalfe, Graeme Gibson, Alberto Manguel, Craig Stephenson, John Irving, Jane and Tony Urquhart, Pico Iyer, Louis de Berniers, Mavis Gallant, Greg Hollingshead, Michael Ondaatje, Greg Gatenby, David Staines and Steven Heighton among others and, in many cases, copies of letters written by Mistry himself.

Financial Records

Consists of royalty statements, letters of permission, contracts, correspondence with agents and other material that documents financial transactions related to the sales and marketing of Mistry's work.

'What' magazine files

The series consists of the administrative files of 'What', including financial statements and budgets, records of expenses, contracts, advertising information, clippings, correspondence, press releases and other material related to the ongoing operation of the magazine; submissions which includes typescript copies of stories sent to 'What', story ideas, writers' invoices, 'What' guidelines and writer's files which are a series of files arranged alphabetically which contain correspondence, stories and clippings pertaining to particular authors.

Writing and production files

The series consists of correspondence, research material, notes, contracts, and manuscript and typescript drafts of Sherman's plays including "A Place Like Pamela," "Three in the Back, Two in the Head," "The League of Nathans," "Patience," "To Cry is Not So," "What the Russian's Say," "Field," "The Merchant of Showboat," "Quirt," "Reading Hebron," "The Retreat" and "It's All True," "An Acre of Time," "The Brothers Karamazov," "The Message," and others. It also includes copies of scripts containing revisions made during the production of his plays, correspondence and financial records related to these productions, and programs and reviews of the rehearsals and performances of these works. The series also includes correspondence, story ideas and outlines, proposals, research material, contracts, and typescript draft scripts for radio and television programmes including "P.M.O.", "National Affairs", "The Hard Wood," "Graf," "ReGenesis," "Afghanada," "Rosendorf Quartet," "Galileo," "Badlands," "After the Orchard," "Between Two Worlds," "Jonestown," "Murdoch Mysteries," "Zone of Separation," "Wrecking Ball," "Abbatoir," "Flashpoint," "Mind," "Last Hope," "The Rules," "Invectus," "Spadina," "Colder in the Suburbs," "Ronde-et-vous," "Blueprint," and "The Public Health," among others. The records pertaining to the production "Bloodletting and miraculous cures," based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Vincent Lam, are particularly comprehensive and include drafts, notes, correspondence, research files, and digital recordings of dailies, director's, producer's, and various other cuts of individual episodes. Among the earlier writings represented in this series can be found copies of essays, articles and plays written by Sherman during his years in the Creative Writing Program at York University as well as typescript copies and clippings of several of his articles and reviews which have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Books in Canada and other publications.

Correspondence and subject files

Series consists of chronologically arranged subject files and/or scrapbooks that were maintained by Christie on an annual basis between the years 1913 and 1984. The material up to 1959 was maintained in bound scrapbooks following which they were maintained as loose material in file folders. In both cases, they contain clippings, reviews, programs, miscellaneous correspondence, photographs and ephemera that document Christie's personal and/or professional life. The early scrapbooks contain Christie's record of Baptism as well as report cards from Riverdale Collegiate and programmes related to his early acting career at Hart House Theatre while he was a student at the University of Toronto. Included are records of Christie's acting career in London, England where he acted as part of the company of the Old Vic among other companies and of his acting career in Canada where he was a long term member of the New Play Society and the Stratford Shakespearean Festival company.

Scripts and production files

Series consists of scripts, notes, photographs, articles and clippings related to various theatre productions, television and radio shows with which Christie was involved. It includes material related to productions of "The dream," "Here lies Sarah Binks," "Sweeney Todd" and "Sir John A. MacDonald." It also contains published copies of plays annotated by Christie that demonstrate stage directions and other comments related to his portrayal of his characters in these plays.

Diaries

The series consists of chronologically arranged diaries or agendas that contain a record of Christie's day to day appointments and activities.

Jane Mallet and Associates files

Series consists of files containing correspondence, financial records, memos, legal documents and other material related to Christie's involvement with Jane Mallet and Associates, the production company for which Christie was a partner along with Jane Mallet and Don Harron. It contains a considerable amount of correspondence between Harron and Christie related to the staging of various productions including Earle Birney's "Turvey" and to Chrisite's portrayals of Sir John A. MacDonald as part of the Canadian Centennial Commission's celebration of the centenary.

Professorial files

Series primarily consists of selected monologues and other pieces of theatre used by Christie while teaching acting at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. It also consists of programmes, posters and other material related to theatre productions by Christie's students and lecture notes, course outlines and resource material related to Christie's teaching subjects.

Financial records

Series consists of contracts signed by Christie for engagements in theatre, television, radio and advertising as well as copies of Christie's income tax returns for the years 1937 to 1986.

Christie family files

Series consists of correspondence, yearbooks, family histories, photographs, collected memorabilia and ephemera related to Christie's immediate and extended family. Aside from more general files, it also contains groups of files specifically related to Chrsitie's father David Wallace Christie, to his ex wife Granier Mortimer Christie and to the Stacey family as well as ephemera in the form of identification cards, awards and certificates belonging to Christie and correspondence exchanged with Margot Christie while Christie was serving with the Canadian Army. There is also information regarding Christie's death including a series of journals kept by his caretaker towards the end of his life.

Audio visual records

Series consists of various sound recordings of Christie's performances, of talks by him or interviews with him during his years as an actor. It includes copies of music recorded by Christie including recordings of performances by his daughter Dinah Christie both alone and with Christie himself.There is also a recording on which Christie reflects upon his family history.

Production files

The series consists of research files, correspondence, drafts of scripts, casting lists, crew lists, publicity materials, and photographs relating to various television dramas produced by Bernard Zukerman. Projects documented include: "And Then You Die", 1986; "Skate!", 1987; "The Squamish Five", 1988; "Love and Hate: the Story of Colin and JoAnn Thatcher", 1990; "Dieppe", 1994; "Million Dollar Babies", 1994; "Net Worth", 1995; "The Sleep Room", 1998; "Revenge of the Land", 2000; "Heart: The Marily Bell Story", 2001 and others.

Scripts

The series consists of scripts written by others and sent to Bernard Zukerman for his consideration.

Subject Files

The series consists of subject files created and compiled by Bernard Zukerman including diaries, income tax returns, financial statements, memorabilia and other material.

Audio-visual records

The series consists of audio visual recordings pertaining to Bernard Zukerman's television productions and including awards submissions, promotional videos, audition tapes, final broadcasts and ohter types of material.

Correspondence and subject files

The series consists of personal and professional correspondence, publicity material, copies of articles written by or about Clark including correspondence with Steven Heighton, Wallace King, Greg Gatenby, Joe Kertes, Catherine Bush, Katherine Govier, Leone Rooke, Diane Shoemperlen and others.

Writings files

The series consists of research material, notes, drafts and manuscript copies of Clark's novel "Bite the stars" including drafts edited by Cynthia Holz and Iris Tupholme. The series also includes manuscript and typescript drafts of shorter works by Clark as well as an audio recording of "Pride and Joy" which was adapted as a radio drama for CBC's Morningside.

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